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“Abracadabra” is an incantation[1] originally believed to dispel illness. However in recent years, the word has transformed into a Magic Word, often used in Magic Shows.


The first know usage of the word was in a 3rd century Roman book, titled “Liber Medicinalis”, by then Royal Physician to Emperor Caracalla[2] , Quintus Serenus Sammonicus[3]. The book stated that malaria sufferers were to wear an amulet containing the word written in the form of a triangle. It stated that this would then rid the body of lethal diseases.


The myth surrounding the phrase continued to be adopted by many civilizations throughout history, such as Gnostics[4] who used it as a magic formula to cure disease and misfortune. It is also noted that the word was also used during The Great Plague of London[5], with many Londoners posting the word on doors, in order to ward of disease. Many dismissed the word, such as the Puritan Minister Increase Mather[6], saying that the word is bereft of power. Others, such as Aleister Crowley[7], stated the word held great power. He stated that the word’s true for is Abrahadabra[8]. In recent words however, the word has become an incantation by stage magicians.

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[1]Wikipedia – Incantation

[2]Wikipedia – Caracalla

[3]Wikipedia – Quintus Serenus Sammonicus

[4]Wikipedia – Gnosticism

[5]Wikipedia – The Great Plague of London

[6]Wikipedia – Increase Mather

[7]Wikipedia – Aleister Crowley

[8]Wikipedia – Abrahadabra

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